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Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 14 February 2002 (India)
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

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Mani Ratnam

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Cast

Cast overview:
Madhavan ... G. Thiruchelvan
Simran ... Indra
Keerthana Parthiepan ... Amudha (as P.S. Keerthana)
Nandita Das ... Shyama
Prakash Raj ... Dr. Herold Vikramsinghe (as Prakashraj)
J.D. Chakravarthi ... Dhileepan
Delhi Kumar Delhi Kumar ... Ganesan
Pasupathy ... LTTE fighter
Bala Singh ... Shyama's father
Master Suraj Master Suraj ... Vinayan
Master Kethan Master Kethan ... Akhilan
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Dhileepan and Shyama are Tamil-speaking residents of Mankulam, Sri Lanka, who get married with the blessings of their respective families. After the marriage, Shyama confides that she would like to be a mother of eight children, but she is stunned when her husband tells her that he cannot father any children until there is peace between the mainstream and the Tamils in this country. Nevertheless, they do get intimate, which results in Shyama getting pregnant. Dhileepan goes into hiding because of his connections with the Tamil Tigers, while Shyama returns to her father's house. A storm threatens their village, and they are forced to flee to a Refugee Camp in Rameswaram, India. Alone, without any support, Shyama gives birth to a girl, leaves her, and returns to Sri Lanka to be with her husband. The child gets noticed by noted Tamil author Thiruchelvan, who lives with his sister, her husband, and their son and writes books under the pen-name of Indra, who is actually an attractive TV ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Sinhalese | English

Release Date:

14 February 2002 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Peck on the Cheek See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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Madras Talkies See more »
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2.20 : 1
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The male protagonist in the movie is a part-time author who writes under a female pen name. The dialogue writer for the movie is also a male writing under a female pen name Sujatha. See more »

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Composed by A.R. Rahman
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How did they miss this movie?
30 January 2003 | by ashcoounterSee all my reviews

I am a big follower of Indian Movies especially Malayalam and Tamil.

Shame on India for not sending this movie as their official Oscar entry. I have seen this movie and it has clearly revealed to me the maturity Tamil cinema has in its screenplay and narrative which bollywood better catch up with.By the way to all we westerners, Tamil Cinema is more qualitative and very different from Bollywood which is all about good looks glamour and promotion.

Coming to the point what was India thinking when they sent a movie like 'Devdas' to the Oscars? That was a really a Masochist move. I think they are trying to punish Oscar judges with boredom by sending Devdas since the judges toppled Lagaan last year.

'Devdas' is just a brigthly colored but stale and predictable melodrama of Love, fate and destiny. I would keep away from it. Anyway, not sending a movie like Kanathil Muthital shows how much of a revamp Indian administration needs to save them from poor administrators who lack intelligence. Now I know why this country has so many issues. They are heavily talented but not showcased properly.


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